News / Lancashire Bids to be UK City of Culture

On Lancashire Day last month, the vision for Lancashire bidding for UK City of Culture 2025 was revealed. It’d be interesting to hear your thoughts about this but we’ve shared snippets from an article that was recently featured in The Telegraph newspaper. Read the article in full by clicking here.

Lancashire is launching its bid to become the first county to hold the title.It hopes to win the UK City of Culture 2025 prize by “challenging the notion that culture only exists in urban areas.”

The rules of the contest state that bids must have a “clear urban focus”. But Lancashire believes that discriminates against a part of the country that is 80% rural.

The four urban centres of the county will be branded as “Uptown” (Lancaster), “Downtown” (Preston), “In the Valley” (Blackburn) and “The Light Coast” (Blackpool). Other towns involved are Burnley, Accrington, Fleetwood, Chorley, Clitheroe, Garstang, Ormskirk, Lytham St Anne’s and Poulton-le-Flyde.

The bid will involve multiple agencies from the county including the three universities, the cultural sector, broadcasters and the media, community groups and business.

The county’s population makes up a “virtual city” of 1.5 million people, according to the organisers. Debbie Lander, director of the Lancashire 2025 bid, said:

“Future cities should not be constrained by historic or geographic boundaries. Digital technology and connectivity has enabled the creation of new places or spaces more so than urban centres.”

The anticipated timetable for UK City of Culture is to submit outline bids by early 2020 with final bids towards the end of 2020/early 2021.

Lancashire is likely to be one of 10 or 12 destinations bidding for the title, which is held by Coventry in 2021.

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Lancashire Bids to be UK City of Culture